Elements of a Great Entryway

Decorating a Console Table the inexpenive but stylish way

*Say whaaat?!! This post is awesomely sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart. Affiliate links below. I am honored to be a BHG Live Better network blogger. You know how I roll...all sponsored content contains my own personal opinions, projects, and advice.


Ah the entryway, the space that greets my guests with that first impression. The space the mailman, the pizza delivery guy, and the unwanted solicitor I didn’t have the heart to turn away, spends minutes of their day in -never to see more of my home than the entryway.

The space the mailman, the pizza delivery guy, and the unwanted solicitor I didn’t have the heart to turn away, spends minutes of their day in…

Why in the world did I leave this space for last? Well, that isn’t exactly accurate; it went through many a metamorphosis, but somehow was never “quite right”. After several mis-steps, I finally realized what needed to be done, and boy did it pay off!

Every other month I have the great privilege of partnering with the Better Homes and Gardens Live Better network and I find incredible (and inexpensive) Better Homes and Gardens products at Walmart and Walmart.com . It took me about 20 minutes to find, order, and get super excited over the pieces I knew would make this space stunning. I admit, I got a little giddy…I may have done my mom happy dance. My girls just pointed their fingers and laughed at me. Why is it you are no longer cool once you have pre-teen kids? Just musing…

The Before & After

Here is the entryway when we first moved in, before I managed to paint that awful multi-colored walls.

Entryway Before

Nooootttt a pretty sight. First I organized my hall coat closet (the door you see to the left) to handle all my purse hanging and storage needs. Next I got to work giving the entryway and hall with a much needed coat of paint. Those awful walls were starting to give me a headache! Ugh.


Pretty soon after painting I threw a few pieces into the space, and even arranged a gallery wall I liked. Right idea, wrong scale of furniture. Sometimes we assume that smaller pieces in a small space will keep things easy to navigate and looking roomy. I learned the hard way that this isn’t always the case. But we’ll talk about this a little more later…

What do you think of the completed Entryway? A huge improvement right?!


It always amazes me that only a few carefully chosen pieces can make or break a space. And I’m not just talking about beautiful decor, I’m talking about having a practical space that makes life easier. If you look carefully, you’ll see that it really is only a handful of items: a desk, wall art, a lamp, a bench, and a few décor items.

Keep some of these elements in mind when planning your entry, and you will have one incredible space the first time around. If your space is small, measure it carefully and think outside the box when seeking products.

For example, the perfect console table turned out to be the Better Homes and Gardens Maddox Crossing Campaign Writing Desk I bought at Walmart. Sometimes you have to look in a different department to find the perfect product. In this case a writing desk made a better console than any of the options I previously considered. It was the exact right size to fill up the space, and definitely the right price!


Another gorgeous piece I bought was this adorable Better Homes and Gardens Gold Faceted Lamp online at Walmart.com. Doesn’t that gold design make your heart go pitter patter? By the way, you can find it online like I did, or in store…I’m just super lazy and love seeing things arrive at my door while still in pajamas. 😀 Eh, it helps that many of the these ship for free.


Okay, one last shot of that lamp detail.

I’m in love I tell you! It is the perfect height, so that it won’t obstruct a gallery wall, cute enough to make a statement, but adequately lights up a space for any late night meetups when I sneak back in trying not to wake the kids with lights everywhere.


The gallery wall is a fun match of thrifted frames, and Better Homes and Gardens picture frames in mahogany. Okay BHG, props on such a smart solution, to make the photo you see in the frame an actual photo you can use. The front has all that text on it, but the back is a plain version, so don’t worry if you can’t find prints…it comes built-in!


Each of these little thrifted items, from the mirror, to the bowl to hold my keys, and a couple frames were only a dollar each! Between great quality but priced right pieces from BHG at Walmart, plus some thrifted finds, this makeover was all around a big impact on a small budget!


I even put to use some pretty green recycled bottles that use to hold sparkling apple cider. I am a firm believer that every space should have at least a little greenery, and I’m not talking about the bottles either. A plant, florals, or even some cut leaves in water adds a freshness to the space.


I can’t get enough of the space! I think the delivery man, the pizza guy, and our friendly neighborhood solicitors appreciate it too. Heehee.

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Have you made over an entryway recently? What elements do you find important to have in or near an entry…hooks, baskets, seating, what? I’d love to see your spaces, so upload a photo over on Facebook and tag me!




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7 Comments on Elements of a Great Entryway

  1. ML
    September 15, 2019 at 4:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Where did you buy the little desk “chair” (the little stool)?

  2. Robin
    April 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm (4 years ago)

    I love what you did to this space. Just found you on Pinterest. What I really like is the desk. I was thinking it could also used as a bar cart with a nice large metal tray to match the hardware. Smart choice in terms of the versatility (desk, console, bar cart, etc.)

  3. Murr
    December 30, 2016 at 1:02 am (5 years ago)

    Beautiful! I noticed that your entryway does not have an electrical outlet for the lamp. I have the same problem. Solar or battery operated?

    • Ursula Carmona
      December 30, 2016 at 7:26 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you! Actually it does have an outlet, but it is the same color as the wall…so it’s really hard to detect in the photo. Battery operated would be a great idea for table lamps period! I love the idea of no cords…

  4. Debbie
    September 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm (5 years ago)

    Your entry looks amazing! Love that lamp!

  5. Wilma
    September 9, 2016 at 11:39 am (5 years ago)

    looks great! one day i’ll be able to have something on my console table…when little fingers won’t reach for it! right now, most of my horizontal surfaces are decorated with…nothing 🙂


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